African Civil Society Conference 2014 to Hold in Washington DC


The United States capital, Washington D.C. will be hosting the 2014 African Civil Society Conference coming up on August 5 and 6, 2014. The conference which is tagged “Towards an Action Program for Democracy” is an important platform for leading African activists to remind their governments and the international community that African citizen’s value freedom and democracy.

The conference will be an opportunity provided by the White House’s African Leaders’ Summit, leading American democracy and human rights organizations to assist in reasserting human rights and democratic reforms on the African agenda. It is an opportunity for African democracy activists to network, share challenges and achievements, identify priorities, and craft strategies in moving the continent forward.

 Expected at the conference are 50 African heads of states that will pursue official government agendas at the Leaders’ Summit while the civil society conference will engage prominent democracy and human rights activists from Africa in a series of working groups to develop specific recommendations, goals, and demands, which will result in an Action Program for Democracy in Africa.  The working groups will take place on Tuesday, August 5 at the National Endowment for Democracy.

On Wednesday, August 6, the findings and recommendations of each working group will be presented by senior civil society leaders at a day-long public meeting in the U.S. House of Representatives where there will be discussions with members of each working group with an opportunity for questions and debate from the audience.

Feedback from this event will be incorporated into an Action Program, addressed to African governments, civil societies, and citizens, as well as the international community.

The 2014 African Civil Society Conference is sponsored by; National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center.